About Reach Out and Read Washington, DC
When Reach Out and Read of Metro DC (also known as the Metropolitan DC Coalition for Reach Out and Read) formed in the fall of 2001, it was a small, energetic collection of Reach Out and Read programs at four health clinics in the District. Under the leadership of Dr. Kima Joy Taylor, then practicing at Unity Health Care’s Upper Cardozo Clinic, the Coalition grew to include 15 sites and formed an independent nonprofit organization to fundraise for and provide technical assistance and volunteer management to those sites.
Now serving ROR programs at 22 District health centers, Reach Out and Read of Metro DC is actively developing community partnerships and Reach Out and Read site collaborations, as well as facilitating a communication and resource sharing network for current ROR programs. RORDC exists to assist the health care providers at District ROR sites in their mission to make early childhood literacy a standard part of pediatric primary care, to introduce and recruit additional health care institutions to ROR, to ensure program integrity and funding, and to minimize duplication of effort. RORDC is dedicated to its goal of bringing Reach Out and Read into all DC health centers serving young children.
The 22 sites of Reach Out and Read of Metro DC are: Unity Health Care--Upper Cardozo Center; Unity Health Care--East of The River Center; Unity Health Care--Woodridge Center; Unity Health Care--Anacostia; Unity Health Care--Southwest Health Center; Unity Health Care--Hunt Place Center; Unity Health Care--Congress Heights; Unity Health Care--Walker Jones Health Center; Mary's Center for Women and Children; Brightwood Elementary School Health Center; Adams Morgan Children's Health Center; Children's National Medical Center; CNMC at Comprehensive Clinic; CHC at Good Hope Road; CHC at MLK, Jr. Avenue; Children’s Health Project of DC (Mobile); Washington Pediatrics Associates; Columbia Road Health Center; La Clinica del Pueblo; Community of Hope Health Services; the Washington Free Clinic; and Chartered Family Health Center.
Volunteer opportunities are available at a variety of Reach Out and Read Metro DC locations. Volunteer readers are an important part of the Reach Out and Read program. Trained volunteer readers are placed in pediatric waiting rooms to read with children and model reading for their parents. Volunteer readers also answer non-medical questions that parents may have about reading and literacy, provide information about libraries and other local reading programs, and make appropriate referrals to illiterate parents. Volunteer readers are most needed mornings and afternoons, but some health centers also host readings during evening hours. Volunteers are also needed to deliver and organize books and for special events.
Interested in volunteering? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advisory Board Members
Cheryl Focht, MD MPH - Board President
Pediatrician/Medical Director of Outreach & Education
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care
Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP - Board Vice President
Associate Medical Director, Pediatrics
Unity Health Care, Inc.
David Trevor Riggen - Board Treasurer
Habitat for Humanity
Terry Kind, MD, MPH - Board Secretary
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Children's National Medical Center
Rose Timmons Dawson
Coordinator, Community Youth Services
DC Public Library
Nicole V. Lang, MD
President and CEO
Washington Pediatric Associates, PC
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